Parenting can be stressful, and guess what, so can childhood. Margie Ferris (speech-language pathologist) and Melissa Wassil (teacher and preschool director) are looking to remedy that with their Zen Zone Sensory Gym.
This mindfully designed indoor play and learning space is a haven for children of all abilities and learning styles. Co-owners Ferris and Wassil have created a multisensory environment where children can feel accepted to move and learn at their individual pace, and be properly challenged to encourage growth. The “zen” component of mindfulness helps children be in the moment and helps to improve attention, communication skills as well as relieve anxiety.
There’s a lot going on at Zen Zone. You can drop-in (if space is available — call ahead) for Open Gym, which includes soft lighting, gentle sounds, and even sensory break spaces for kids who want to chill out. What’s more there are group classes in yoga, mindfulness, executive function and social speaking skill building, Music n’ Play, plus therapeutic sessions offered by speech-language, occupational, and physical therapists. Pop-up mindfulness classes have been offered for adults too! Single, five and 10-pack visiting passes are available. Birthday parties are led by professional staff and children with special needs are happily accommodated.
Zen Zone Sensory Gym, 2055 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson 914-737-9663. zenzo